Any­one need their frame straight­ened?

Old Bike Australasia - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

I re­cently de­liv­ered a bent Match­less G15 frame to Dave Kel­lett at Slacks Creek, Bris­bane. He had a num­ber of ma­chines there, mostly Har­ley David­sons and var­i­ous Japanese makes as well as one pre war BSA Sloper. All were re­quir­ing his at­ten­tion for dam­age frames. It tran­spired that upon leav­ing school he did his ap­pren­tice­ship as a mo­tor me­chanic. How­ever he and a school friend, An­dre Bos­man were toy­ing around with mo­tor­cy­cles in their teenage years. This even­tu­ally led to an in­ter­est rac­ing. He and Bos­man se­cured a used 750 Suzuki Wa­ter Bot­tle side­car around 1980. The first tro­phy they won was from Bob Martin Engi­neer­ing. Later he met and mar­ried Wendy Por­te­ous, she be­ing the sis­ter of an­other side­car racer, Gavin Por­te­ous. Dave moved to Mel­bourne and then worked for Bob Martin un­der­tak­ing both mo­tor­cy­cle and car re­pairs. He de­signed his own side­car frame and fit­ted a GSX1100 en­gine on which he rode as the pas­sen­ger at Bathurst with An­dre Bos­man. In 1986-7 they won back-to-back Aus­tralian Side­car Ti­tles. They also later had a LCR side­car which was man­u­fac­tured in Switzer­land. This Dave and An­dre Bos­man rode over­seas in the world ti­tles in 1988 and 1992 with vary­ing de­grees of suc­cess. Dave has also rid­den as a pas­sen­ger both here and over­seas with Shane Soutar with whom he won the Aus­tralian ti­tle in 1994 and fin­ished equal 6th in the World Cham­pi­onship in 1998. In 2011 there was an­other Aus­tralian ti­tle win with An­dre Bos­man some 25 years af­ter their first one. How­ever, get­ting back to the core sub­ject. Some­times we get a frame and gather to­gether all the parts to build the next project. It can tran­spire that the frame has been through nu­mer­ous spills and prangs of var­i­ous de­grees. Hence the frame is not as straight as it was when it left the fac­tory. That’s where Dave’s expertise comes in. He has a good eye and un­der­stand­ing of what needs to be done to rec­tify the prob­lem so that the fin­ished prod­uct steers straight. I un­der­stand that he re­quires that the crankcases be fixed in the frame, and the gear­box, rear chain and wheel be fit­ted. This helps him to en­sure that when fin­ished all is straight. He trades as Dave Kel­lett Mo­tor­cy­cle Engi­neer­ing at 3/46 Ran­dall St, Slacks Creek, Bris­bane and can be con­tacted on (07) 3290 2811 or email dwkel­[email protected]­tus­

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